I love pie, and I love pie in the summer even more. There’s such a great assortment of fruits ripe and ready to be baked into delicious pies.
So while I was in the Bay Area this weekend, I couldn’t resist visiting the Three Babes Bakeshop in San Francisco.
The Babes — Anna, Kat and Lenore — turn seasonal, organic ingredients gathered at local farmers markets into some of the tastiest pies I’ve ever had. They sell their pies whole, by the slice or in a jar.
On the menu this past weekend were plum pies, including plum and fig pie with an almond streusel on top and Marisposa plum frangipane pie — both very tasty!
And if fruit pies aren’t your thing, the Babes baked up what was seriously the best pecan pie I’ve ever eaten — no joke. (The secret? Brown sugar instead of corn syrup.)
I’m sure I’m not alone among the weekend warriors who make expeditions north, so next time you’re heading into the city — maybe for the San Francisco Street Food Festival this Saturday — don’t forget to visit the Babes’ popup pie shop.
And I know, I know — what if you want to enjoy pie closer to home? The best I’ve found in town is at the Red House Café in Pacific Grove. Their selection is pretty limited and they stick to the usual suspects — apple pie, cream pies — but they don’t disappoint.
My favorite is the chocolate cream pie. It’s a simple, classic recipe with creamy chocolate cream atop a buttery crust.
Three Babes Bakeshop is open Saturdays and Sundays in the courtyard outside the Stable Café at 2128 Folsom St. in San Francisco’s Mission district. Visit threebabesbakeshop.com for more information.